The joys of living behind an iron curtain – China blocks all Google services during their 18th Party Congress

// November 10th, 2012 // Internet


Google and ChinaOn November 9, 2012, China set their national firewall (the Great Firewall) to block all Google services including Gmail, Google Maps, and Google search.  Google reported the block on their Transparency Report page.  According to Google, everything was OK on their end indicating the block was coming from the Chinese themselves.  It is assumed that the block was due to the Chinese Communist Party’s 18th Party Congress which began on November 8.  It is fairly common for China to block some services but a block of all Google services is unusual.

Services began to come back online on November 10, slowly, as DNS caches refreshed themselves.

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